Starting out as a new business owner is overwhelming but there are so many innovative and affordable tools that can ease those start-up pains and set you up for success from the start.

I put together a list of my 10 favorite online business tools just for you!

  1. Zoom 

Zoom is a video conferencing tool that also records your meetings. This is great for an important client call or a training that needs to be shared among team members. You can also you use it for webinars. 

  1. Acuity Scheduler

If you need to schedule calls with prospective clients, Acuity is a great place to start. You can set up your available times and customize the client experience. It also saves you tons of  time going back and forth via email trying to figure out availability. The client can click your link and it takes them directly to your available time slots and they can choose what works best for their schedule.

  1. Facebook Business Page

Haven’t had the time or the budget to build your own website yet? No worries! Set up a Facebook business page. This will give your business a central place to send potential clients in your initial phases of business. You can outline your services as well as have past clients post reviews about your business. 

  1. Hootsuite 

Looking for a social media scheduler for multiple platforms? I would recommend Hootsuite. It’s user friendly and works with all platforms. If you are only using Instagram I would definitely recommend Later. You are able to plan out your posts by previewing your feed and how everything will look once it’s laid out which is a huge benefit for IG.

  1. Google

I am a Google girl! They make it so easy to have everything you need from google docs to sheets that can be shared among team members as well as be worked on at the same time. Win win for efficiencies. Are you looking to have a business phone number that is different from your cell phone number? Google voice is a great option. It will forward all your business to calls to your cell phone, as well as collect voicemails and transcribe them for you via email and text.

  1. Canva

I love Canva! It makes creating marketing materials so easy and fun. They have stock photos and templates from social media graphics to flyers to presentations making branding your business seamless.

  1. Stock Photos

Depending on your business, there might be times that you need images, and stock photo sites are the way to go. My favorite free website is www.pexels.com. I also cannot say enough about Pixistock. Alicia creates the most beautiful branded photos that you will find all over my social media accounts as well as website. 

  1. Slack

Do you need to communicate with a virtual team? Slack is a great messaging tool to make sure everyone is communicating and in the know of all the projects going on. You can create project channels as well as have private or group conversations. 

  1. Wave

Will you be invoicing clients? Wave is the way to go. You can create custom invoices, send invoice reminders, as well as keep track of your sales all for free!

  1. HelloSign

Will you be sending contracts? HelloSign makes getting contracts signed digitally easy. You can upload your documents and insert requests for signatures, initials and dates. New clients will be signed sealed delivered in no time.

Warmly,

Meredith

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***Please note there are affiliate links in the above but please know that I would not recommend products that I don’t not use and love. 

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